Was sagt der Zeitgeist ...

CR 634. Year 1979

Wv 634 01 Copy

Was sagt der Zeitgeist unseren Dogen wohl zu dieser Stelle?
der Weg ist weg die Stelle helle

In ... Fuji-Yama-Series (1979), neither the 'truths' nor the 'lies' of his subject are told. His pictures tell only of the 'un-truths': what appears to be mountain is a heap of slag. Only, once sighted by Gerz, it became an image called Fuji-Yama. The nature of the 'real' is that is has been, and still is, essentially, a choreographed reality…. At this point, it is not of major importance to define precisely what is meant by an unreal reality. Whether it is Lévi-Strauss' bricolage (a "structure without origin" relevant to discussing the ready-made), Barthes' pastiche, Baudrillard's simulacrum, or Derrida's reference without model, the 'real' is always that which has been previously made: culture.

Bojana Pejic 1993

In 1979, Gerz visited the French coal-mining area between Lille and the Belgian border, which inspired the Fuji-Yama- Series…

Volker Rattemeyer und Renate Petzinger 2011

​Fuji-Yama-Series #1

b/w photography, framed, 40 x 50 cm, text (typewriting), framed, 24 x 32 cm 

Musée de Toulon


Düsseldorf 1979. Bielefeld 1981. Wien 1981. Toulon 1982. Chalon-sur-Saône 1983. Strasbourg 1994


I: Dudweiler 1981, pp. 8-9. Montréal 1993, pp. 17-18. Strasbourg 1994, pp. 72, 140 

II: Red. 10, 1979. Schwarze 1979. Red. 7, 1981. Kageneck 3, 1994. Wagner 1, 1994

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My name is Jochen Gerz